Secondary objectives were those not necessary for continued functioning of the project, but would enhance its effectiveness with the public. These objectives were considered useful and would be beneficial to have, but were not critical to ensure maintenance of the protocol after the end of the graduate project. When designing these objectives it was also taken into consideration that the project would likely continue to have development, either by the graduate student or the PI, after completion of the graduate project. As such, some of the secondary objectives were identified as goals for the future that could not reasonably be accomplished within the scope of work of the masters project, while others were goals that the student would complete if possible.

 

1. Design and create a functional website with information for the public and access to the documents and the smartphone application.

 

2. Create a portal on the website for the database, to allow users to access the database and download files using the website as the interface.

 

3. Create a GIS interface with the database, hosted on the website, to allow for visual representation of stranding locations, times, and animals. This interface would be accessible to the general public.

 

4. Connect the smartphone application directly to the database such that submissions are automatically uploaded and formatted properly for database entry. These submissions would be placed in a “holding pattern” until the gatekeeper, the person managing the data within the database, confirmed species identification and approved the entry.